Written answers

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Department of Rural and Community Development

Departmental Funding

Photo of Pat DeeringPat Deering (Carlow-Kilkenny, Fine Gael)
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39. To ask the Minister for Rural and Community Development his plans to allocate funding in 2019 for the various agricultural shows; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43815/19]

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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Agricultural shows are a great celebration of all that is good about rural Ireland and they are an integral part of our culture. The shows provide a welcome boost for local economies and attract visitors to enjoy our rural towns and villages at their best. 

Over the last two years, I have allocated funding of €1.4 million to support many of Ireland’s the Agricultural Shows, through the Irish Shows Association.

I am delighted to announce today that I am allocating further funding of €600,000 to the Irish Shows Association to support shows due to take place in 2020.  Each qualifying show will receive a payment of approximately €5,000 to support their event.

This funding will be a huge boost for more than 100 shows which will take place next year and is a fitting recognition of the valuable contribution they make to the economies and communities of rural Ireland.


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